Press Release For Immediate Release
Glenmark Foundation and Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti conducts free Dermatology Camp for the benefit of the less privileged tribal villagers in Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh
High incidence of Skin Infections among the tribal population and lack of attention to the issue triggers this first-of-its kind Dermatology Camp in the region
Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, June, 2014: Concerned by the high incidence of Skin Infections, Glenmark Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and a local NGO - Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti organized a free dermatology camp for the benefit of the less privileged tribal villagers in Khalwa block of Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh (MP).
The objective of the camp was to reach out with medical support to 80 remote tribal villages in Khalwa block, where Skin Infection is a persistent health problem affecting people of all age groups and genders. Over 1,000 people visited the camp to avail the free medical services.
High Incidence of Skin Infections among tribal population especially during summer and Monsoon — Study
A study conducted by Glenmark Foundation and Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti in association with District Heath Department revealed that Skin Infections (especially Fungal Infections) affected around 35% of the population in these 80 tribal villages and it escalated during the summer and monsoon seasons. The prime cause of this high incidence of Skin infections in this area is the stagnant water in public ponds and streams which are being used for multiple purposes. The study indicated that certain Fungal Skin infections are contagious thus spreading from one family member to another making it a grave issue.
The camp was conducted with the support of District Heath Department, Khandwa under the supervision of experienced Medical Practitioners — Dr. D R Bhatia, Dr. Anil Kumar and Dr. Rakesh Kushwaha.
Free Medicines Distributed
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a leading global company in the dermatology segment with a wide range of products, provided free medicines to all the affected persons in the camp.
“Considering the magnitude of the problem in this area, we at Glenmark took up the challenge of significantly reducing the common skin infections in these 80 tribal villages through this dermatology camp. Glenmark Foundations is happy to be playing a role in providing access to medicines and medical care in these remote tribal villages with the support of our NGO partner — Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti and the Government authorities”; said Cheryl Pinto, Director — Corporate Affairs, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
A follow up will be conducted for those who require a second dosage through the existing ambulance service of Glenmark Foundation which covers all these tribal villages in the Khalwa block.
"Skin infections are a recurring health problem affecting men, women and children in these remote tribal villages. We have observed that the problem has magnified in the last couple of years. Due to lack of access to basic medical facilities such health issues are seldom given prominence. Hence, we thank Glenmark for supporting us in conducting this dermatology camp which is a first-of-its-kind initiative in this backward tribal belt”; said Prakash Michael, Co — Founder Spandan Samaj Sewa Samiti.
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